Friday, March 7, 2014

Renee's Reading: A New Feature for Fridays

A while back the Idea Salesman asked for feedback as to what people would like to see more of on the blog. The goal for the year is to get up to four posts a week and having a loose sort of theme and schedule helps keep me on track and cuts down on blank page paralysis.

Besides, there's only so much whining about how my writing is going that I can do.

He did not, unfortunately, get any feedback. Probably because bots are notoriously lax about commenting. So I sat down and pondered this question on my own and now that I've decided what I'm going to do, I'm sharing my reasoning with all of you.

I'm not entirely sure why. As punishment, maybe, for not suggesting ideas of your own?

The flash fiction posts seem to draw in the most readers, at least in terms of those who appear to be actual people rather than bots. But I have enough trouble getting in the word count on my WIP and then churning out one extra piece of flash fiction every week. The idea of writing two made both the Muse and the Inner Editor cringe.

The Idea Salesman volunteered to write his own weekly column, instead of (or in addition to!) sharing space with the other abstracts. Because he's a giver that way. I think we can all agree that the Idea Salesman, while wonderful, is best taken in small doses with several weeks in between.

I'd offer up the slot for guest posts, but there aren't exactly people beating down my door begging for space here. I don't have much in the way of human readership, and I'm not sure I'd have anything to offer anyone. And I don't really have time to run around the internet finding people and begging them to write for my blog. I can barely get people to read my blog, let alone contribute to it.

Plus, then there would be deadlines I'd have to hold other people accountable to and tracking down late blog posts and such. Just thinking about that possibility gave me a headache.

I used to do book giveaways on one of my old blogs. That certainly drove traffic to the blog. People always tend to show up when you're giving stuff away. But between buying the books and paying for shipping, it got a bit expensive. Until this writing gig starts to actually pay out, I just can't afford that kind of investment.

But that did at least lead me around to an interesting idea. I write stuff, and the abstracts talk about how that's going. I try to get other people interested in reading the stuff I write, and the flash fiction posts are part of that. I spend a good bit of time learning about writing and publishing, and the Wednesday posts usually reflect that. That pretty much covers my whole writing life at the moment. But there is one other bookish thing that I do which, while not directly related to my writing, is certainly a factor. I read.

I read a lot.

And I thought maybe some of you might be interested in hearing about what I'm reading and what I'm thinking about it. I do one review post a month right now, when I talk about the writing book of the month, but plenty of other books flash through my Kindle app too. And beginning next week, that's what I'm going to blog about on Fridays.

I'm not going to do full in-depth reviews of everything I read. I don't have the time or the expertise for that. But I thought a few sentences about each book could be interesting. And who knows, it might actually spark some conversation in the comments, which is something this blog hasn't really managed very often yet.

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